Not one – but TWO – pupils from St John’s on-the-Hill school in Chepstow won silver in a national maths competition at the weekend – beating more than 5,000 others from across the country.

Yan-Heng Zhang, aged seven, and Charlie Davies, aged 12, were runners-up in their respective year groups at the prestigious Pangea Maths UK competition, held at Queen Mary University in London.

The Pangea competition is organised in 18 European countries and tests abilities in all mathematical disciplines. A staggering total of SEVEN pupils from St John’s won a place in the finals, with six attending the event on Saturday May 12th.

Matt Allen, Head of Mathematics at St John’s on-the-Hill, said: “We were delighted to get through to the finals. This is a tough competition and all six pupils did brilliantly against the UK’s most talented young mathematicians. To have two podium positions was such a proud moment. It was incredible to showcase our academic strength on the national stage.”

The seven pupils who got through to the Pangea Maths UK final were:

Year 4: Yan-Heng Zhang (who is actually a pupil of Year 3 age)
Year 5: Ewan Shakeshaft
Year 6: George Phillips
Year 7: Anna Boyle
Year 8: Ben Davies, Charlie Davies and Henry Green